Homeschool Programs

Homeschool Programs

We are so pleased that you have chosen the National Aquarium for a homeschool field trip. A visit to the Aquarium is your students' passport to worlds of aquatic treasures! Our homeschool programs are specifically designed for groups like yours; special rates are available for groups of 15 or more

Homeschool Days are held seasonally, open to pre-K through high school-aged students, and designed to be enjoyable and educational for the whole family.

The monthly homeschool programs are drop-off classes held three Mondays a month from October through February for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Students are dropped off at an Aquarium classroom for an hour-long session.

Homeschool Days

Homeschool Days programs for the 2019–20 school year fall and winter seasons go on sale June 19, 2019, at 9 am. The complete spring Homeschool Days schedule will be available in January 2020.

Fall Homeschool Days: Chesapeake Bay

Join the National Aquarium for our first 2019–20 Homeschool Days session. Families will start their day with an auditorium program focusing on the fascinating Chesapeake Bay. Learn about what makes this habitat unique and discover animals that live right in our backyard. After the program, families can enjoy a self-guided tour of the Aquarium, using a learning passport to take advantage of hands-on discovery stations focusing on our amazing Bay habitat, including the animals that live in the watershed and the adaptations that help them survive there.

Program dates and times:

Date Time
September 10, 2019 9 am to 12 pm
September 11, 2019 9 am to 12 pm
September 12, 2019 9 am to 12 pm

Subject to change.

Winter Homeschool Days: Coral Reefs

Join the National Aquarium for our second 2019–20 Homeschool Days session. Families will start their day with an auditorium program focusing on coral reefs, learning what coral really is and how it creates an ecosystem in which other animals are able to thrive. After the program, families can enjoy a self-guided tour of the National Aquarium, using a learning passport to take advantage of hands-on discovery stations focusing on coral reefs and the organisms that live in them.

Program dates and times:

Date Time
December 17, 2019 10 am to 1 pm
December 18, 2019 10 am to 1 pm
December 19, 2019 10 am to 1 pm

Subject to change.

Spring Homeschool Days: The Deep Sea

These programs will go on sale in January 2020.

Join the National Aquarium for our third and final 2019–20 Homeschool Days session. Families will start their day with an auditorium program focusing on an adventure into the deep sea. Learn about the adaptations that allow animals living in the deepest depths of the ocean to thrive in this dark, mysterious world. After the program, families can enjoy a self-guided tour of the National Aquarium, using a learning passport to take advantage of hands-on discovery stations focusing on the deep-sea habitat, the animals that live there and how we explore it.

Program dates and times:

Date Time
March 10, 2020 9 am to 12 pm
March 11, 2020 9 am to 12 pm
March 12, 2020 9 am to 12 pm

Subject to change.

Program fees:

Maryland Homeschool Groups
Grades pre-K through 12
$15 per student per day

Out-of-State Homeschool Groups
Grades pre-K through 6
$32.95 per student per day

Out-of-State Homeschool Groups
Grades 7 through 12
$38.95 per student per day

Chaperone fees:

Each reservation includes one free adult chaperone admission for each group of up to five students. Additional chaperones are welcome at $27.95 per person.

Chaperone and program fees include Aquarium admission only. 4D Immersion Theater tickets can be purchased at the Information Desk near the theater on the day of your visit.

Monthly Homeschool Programs

2019–20 Monthly Homeschool Programs

Monthly homeschool programs for the 2019–20 school year go on sale June 19, 2019 at 9 am.

These programs are held three Mondays each month from October through February for students in kindergarten through grade 12.

These are drop-off classes; students should be dropped off at one of the Aquarium classrooms for their hour-long session. All three sessions offered during a particular month are the same; families that participate in all five monthly programs receive a special rate. Homeschool teachers are asked to wait outside the classroom or explore the Aquarium at their leisure during the class time.

Students must be at least 5 years of age to participate in the K–2 homeschool series class.

2019–20 Dates and Themes
Program Dates

  • October 7, 21 and 28, 2019: Ocean Chemistry
  • November 4, 18 and 25, 2019: Natural Disasters
  • December 2, 9 and 16, 2019: Marine Debris
  • January 6, 13 and 27, 2020: Invasive Species
  • February 3, 10 and 24, 2020: Sustainable Seafood

Grades 6–12 (Ages 11+) meet from 10:30 to 11:30 am
Grades K–2 (Ages 5–7) meet from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
Grades 3–5 (Ages 8–10) meet from 2 to 3 pm

Program fees:

Maryland Homeschool Groups
Grades K through 12
$15 per student per program
$60 per student for all five programs (participants receive a special rate for booking the series)

Out-of-State Homeschool Groups
Grades K through 5
$31.95 per student per program
$145.75 per student for all five programs (participants receive a special rate for booking the series)

Out-of-State Homeschool Groups
Grades 6 through 12
$38.95 per student per program
$179.75 per student for all five programs (participants receive a special rate for booking the series)

Chaperone fees:

Each reservation includes one free adult chaperone admission for each group of up to five students. Additional chaperones are welcome at $27.95 per person.

Inclement Weather Policy

Homeschool programs will be conducted as scheduled unless either the National Aquarium or Baltimore City Public Schools are closed. If for any reason the program is cancelled, the National Aquarium will do its best to reschedule the program. If the program cannot be rescheduled, all participants will receive a refund.

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Step 1

Contact Central Reservations to Reserve
•By phone: Call 410-576-3833, Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 
•By email: reserve@aqua.org


Step 2

Confirm Your Reservation
Upon receipt of your reservation acknowledgement, verify all information and return the signed agreement. You must confirm your reservation at least 21 days prior to your visit to prevent cancellation.


Step 3

Download Additional Resources

Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger Hunt Answers
Download this fun and engaging scavenger hunt for students grades 1–5.

Souvenir Order Form
Pre-order souvenir kits for your students.

Box Lunch Menu and Order Form
Great for groups! Pre-order box lunches for the day of your visit.

Teacher's Curriculum Guide
This guide prepares teachers and chaperones for a successful and educational field trip to the National Aquarium, Baltimore.

Student Activity Guide, Grades 3–5
Student Activity Guide, Grades 6–8
Student Activity Guide, Grades 9–12
These guides provide activities for before, during, and after a field trip to the National Aquarium, Baltimore. All the activities are correlated to the Maryland Voluntary State Curriculum.

Teacher Booklets
Teacher booklets contain pre- and post-Aquarium-visit activities on a variety of subjects for students of all grades.


Cancellation and Refund Policy

You must cancel your reservation more than 21 days in advance of your scheduled visit to receive a full refund of payments. If you cancel your reservation less than 21 days in advance, or fail to arrive at your scheduled entry time, you forfeit the deposit and all program fees.

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4D Theater

4D Immersion Films

The Aquarium's 4D Immersion Theater will bring you closer to the sights, sounds and smells of the action.

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Learning Tools

Find classroom activities and fact sheets on a variety of subjects for teachers and students.

Download Learning Tools